Allison Tolman is an American actress best recognized for her role of police officer Molly Solverson on FX’s series ‘Fargo’ for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Born in Harris County, Texas, she moved to England when she was a baby and stayed there until the age of four. She spent the next few years of her life in West Texas and Oklahoma before finally moving to Sugar Land, Texas. Before pursuing her acting career Tolman graduated from Clements High School and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Baylor University. Tolman’s first theatrical performance was in the play ‘Anton in Show Business.’ She went on to make her TV debut in 2006 with a guest appearance in ‘Prison Break’. Extremely ambitious and hardworking, the talented actress has given numerous stunning performances so far. Tolman is a huge cat lover.
Allison Tolman gave her first theatrical performance in the 2004 production of ‘Anton in Show Business’. Her television debut came in an episode of ‘Prison Break’ in 2006. Soon after, she had appearances in a few episodes of the television series 'Sordid Lives: The Series'. In 2009, the actress starred in a short film titled ‘A Thousand Cocktails Later’. Five years later, she was cast in the role of Deputy Molly Solverson in 'Fargo'. Also starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks, the black comedy–crime drama received positive reviews and went on to garner several Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding story, writing, and directing. It also earned two Golden Globe Awards in the categories of Best Actor and Best Miniseries.
Also in 2014, Tolman made guest appearances in two episodes of ‘The Mindy Project’ as Abby Berman. The series centers on a gynecologist/obstetrician who tries to balance her professional and personal life while working in a small medical practice in New York City, surrounded by quirky co-workers. That year, she also starred as Kate in the television movie ‘Hello Ladies’.
The year 2015 saw Allison in the film ‘Addicted to Fresno’ alongside actresses Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne. Directed by Jamie Babbit, the dark comedy is about two sisters who invite problems in their life after one of them accidentally kills someone. That year, the actress also won appreciation for her role in Joel Edgerton’s feature directorial debut ‘The Gift’. The psychological thriller was a success as it went on to gross $59 million worldwide against its budget of $5 million. She also appeared in an episode of ‘Archer’, ‘Comedy Bang! Bang’ and ‘Review’ that year.
In 2016, the talented artist joined the cast of the dramas ‘Mad Dogs’ and ‘Drunk History’. In 2017, she played the lead role of Nan in 'Downward Dog', a comedy series that follows the adventures of a philosophizing dog who regards his owner as a beloved life partner. That year, she also featured in the dramas ‘I'm Sorry’, ‘Mosaic’ and ‘Me, Myself & I.’
Also in 2017, Tolman featured in the thriller ‘Barracuda’ as Merle and the comedy flick 'The House', the latter of which follows a couple who start an underground casino so as to pay for their daughter's tuition. The following year, she got to play guest roles in the series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Castle Rock’ respectively. On the big screen, the actress starred in the films ‘Family’ and ‘The Sisters Brothers’. While the former was met with positive reviews, the latter failed to impress the audience, grossing only $13 million against the $38 million budget.
Since 2018, Allison Tolman has been playing the character of Mary Pat in the crime comedy-drama ‘Good Girls’. In 2019, she appeared in the episode "The Wunderkind" of ‘The Twilight Zone’.
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Family & Personal Life
Allison Cara Tolman was born on November 18, 1981, in Harris County, Texas, USA, to Davis Nichols Tolman and Valerie. She has a younger sister and two elder brothers. She studied at Clements High School and graduated from there in 2000. Tolman then attended Baylor University, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 2009, she started studying at The Second City Training Center.